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Related Regions: Colorado, United States, North America, Southwest Colorado

Overview

Purgatory is located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado and about 26 miles north of the historic town of Durango. The resort is known for being one of the best values in Colorado and a great destination for beginners and intermediates. The resort is an inexpensive family destination that has gorgeous scenery combined with short lift lines and terrain options for all abilities.

Durango is a unique mountain town steeped in history and home to the famous Narrow Gauge Railroad. Founded in 1880, Durango became a hub for smelting ore harvested from surrounding mountains.

The resort is also close to Mesa Verde National Park, an incredible ancient city and largest archaeological preserve in the United States. The park protects nearly 5,000 archeological sites including 600 cliff dwellings.

 

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Elevation

  • 10822ft
    Summit
  • 2029ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 8793ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 0
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 12
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    20%

  • Intermediate Runs

    45%

  • Advanced Runs

    30%

  • Expert Runs

    5%

  • Runs

    101

  • Terrain Parks

    8

  • Longest Run

    1.3 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    1605 ac

  • Snow Making

    250 ac

More Info

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort has terrain that will entertain even the most experienced skier or rider. The resort typically is known for being a great place for beginners and intermediates and contains trails with interesting rolling hills. The advanced and expert skier has a multitude of challenging mogul runs to explore.

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort offers an impressive vertical drop of 2,028 ft situated across 1,360 acres of skier and rider accessible terrain. With an annual snowfall of 260 inches, the terrain is divided into 20% beginner, 45% intermediate, and 35% advanced to expert.

The exact origin of the Purgatory name is disputed; some attribute the name to a 1776 Spanish expedition where several Spanish explorers were lost on the nearby Animas River. The bodies were never found and the explorers named the river, “El Rio de las Animan Perdidas” or the River of Lost Souls.

Another theory is that miners who were trying to travel from Durango to Silverton would have to pay a toll to access the road. Miners who couldn’t afford the toll were stationed at area called Purgatory Flats because they were stuck in limbo between heading to Silverton or turning around and heading home.  

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/17/201804/21/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    130
  • Projected Days Open
    130
  • Years Open
    53
  • Average Snowfall
    260"

Best Purgatory Hotels

Welcome to your home away from home
15 Girard Street Durango, 81303
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Fire Place
3777 Main Ave. Durango, 81301
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Indoor Pool & Hot Tub
400 E Second Ave Durango, 81301
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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Purgatory Reviews

thebarkingwater
16th April 20185
I first skied Purg in 1980. The mountain has only gotten better with age. The new ownership has really improved the entire...Full review
Jan Clark
23rd March 20185
This was our first experience at Purgatory and loved it! The lodge and village were so convenient! Skiing was really good after...Full review
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